How to Give Kids Clothes a Second Life

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How to Give Kids Clothes a Second Life

We all love to dress our kids in the most fashionable, comfortable clothing out there. The thing is, some of those clothes are barely worn for six months at times. We think they’d look cute on the bubs, and that’s why we bought them, but our little ones just grow so quickly! This is great news but we need to find a way to extend the life of our kids’ wear.

Here at Junico we have a few tips on how you can do just that! Here we go:

The #30wears challenge

“Will I wear it at least 30 times?” is a good question to ask before you buy a piece of clothes. The #30wears campaign asks buyers to consider if the clothes they are buying will be versatile enough, of relatively neutral colours to be mix-and-matched with other items, and outlast the current trends. Is this relevant to kids’ and baby wear? Yes, we think that it pays to apply a similar degree of thoughtfulness. Here are a few ways to do that.
  • Buy to anticipate the coming season
  • Put on darker colours for active wears
  • Invest in gender-neutral items if your kids have a sibling of close age gap, and
  • Think of an outlet that allows for reuse of clothes in excellent condition

Look, we totally understand the urge of buying something super cute and tiny to put on the bubs. We always find excuses to buy another one ourselves; milk keeps getting on clothes, various children activities, babies crap themselves (argh!), and not to mention that they grow so quickly. But, until we figure out a way to recycle used garments more efficiently and effectively, the best we can do is to try and collectively slow down the rate at which kids’ clothes go to landfill. 

You are what you buy

As we become more aware of our impact on the environment, we all start taking some initiatives to reduce it, such as separating recyclable household waste, which most of us did not use to do even 30 years ago. But there is still a long way to go!

According to The World Counts, we need about 1.8 planet Earths to absorb our current waste… Whoa! That's close to two planet earths! The website also says that there are 700 chemicals in our body that are not supposed to be there.

One way to help and address this issue is by buying more thoughtfully. If you have access to Oobi, these guys make girl's clothes that are beautiful and designed for sustainability! If you prefer the range of options that popular brands have to offer, brands such as Kathmandu and Nature Baby offer kids collections for all seasons and occasions.

Brands that champion the movement for ethical and sustainable fashion go to the extent of making sure that the conditions among workers in their supply chain are at a standard that you would accept if it were for yourself, as well as minimising the environmental impact of producing and owning their products throughout the clothes' lifecycle.

Therefore, choosing your purchase more thoughtfully is less costly for your little ones, yourself, and the world we all live in, in the long run! 

Take good care of your clothes

Another simple way to spend less time and money buying clothes is to take better care of what is already in your wardrobe. We did some research and talked to cleaning professionals about ways to ensure that clothes can last longer, including:
  • Wash like-colours together (not rocket science!)
  • Wash gently and inside-out where possible
  • Wash items with metal parts (e.g. zippers that stick out) in a mesh laundry bag to avoid snagging
  • If you must iron the clothes, do it with water spray. As fabric materials have different heat tolerance levels dry overheating may damage the clothes, and
  • Fold clothes along the seams to maintain the shape of the item

DIY Fixes

It is probably self-explanatory that if you can mend a couple of minor damages on your kids’ clothes, then you can potentially wear them for a bit longer. That might even save you from buying a replacement item altogether and stretch out enough until it is time for you to buy the next size up instead.

If you are looking for a collection of “basic how-to” on clothes and garments, you can try the 60 easy DIY tips to repair old clothing. Chances are that you will find something that can help you extend the life of your kids' clothes (and create unique items that only they can have!)

Adopt!

You can also give preloved kids clothes a second life by adopting quality preloved children wear from a platform like Junico Kids. We house a collection of babies, girls, and boys items in good and like-new conditions. Some Junico Kids items are even new with original tags still on.

We have inspected the preloved clothes and accessories, and given them minimal care such as sewing on that missing button where we can find a spare. Many of these preloved items are sold at less than 30% of the original retail price (RRP), in the hope that we can provide an attractive alternative to buying new clothes and you'd return following a happy purchase. Our mission is to provide a platform that encourages sustainable behaviour in families with kids.

What makes us different from other existing platforms are that:

  • Existing website / apps do not specialise in children needs, and offer no equal standard for price vs condition of products
  • Junico Kids invest in making the purchase educational and interesting for both you as parents and your little ones (e.g. Did-Juni-know™ cards included in the delivery with every purchase)


Based on a research done by the Ivy League institution, Brown University, we at Junico Kids believe that “habits in children, including responsibilities, are unlikely to vary after the age of nine”. A child’s basic beliefs and attitudes about money are formed even earlier, by the age of seven, according to a report authored by Dr. David Whitebread and Dr. Sue Bingham of the University of Cambridge.

By allowing your children to experience how to share preloved items with others from such a young age, and valuing it from financial and environmental perspectives, you are helping them to shape their future behaviour. More than just selling clothes, we want to help you make the learning process fun, interactive, and affordable for the entire family!

Got other tips on living more sustainaibly? Please share with other parents and uncles/aunties so they can do the same!

We hope this post has inspired you to give your children a better planet to live in in the future.

 
Peace, love and stay safe
— Al


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